"...for we put the thought of all that we love into all that we make" ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Friday, January 23, 2009

3 Hats

Well, an inability to sleep past 4:30 this morning led to my finishing the 3rd hat! I made 3 hats in 36 hours. I am feeling much better today... I really think working on those hats helped me feel better faster - I didn't think about how I felt, I just concentrated on the hats!
This is the first one I did. It's with Lion brand Wool-Ease. It's 2 strands held together, worked in the round. I actually adapted this pattern from one I really like that's worked flat! Doesn't that make me sound like I'm some sort of expert or something :-) Trust me, I'm not. I am teaching myself how to do all this ( a shout out to my Aunt Judy, though, who showed me the basics when I was about 10- it's too bad I didn't appreciate it then, or I would already know how to do all this stuff!!) with the help of a great website that has tons of videos called knittinghelp.com.

Same pattern as above, done with a Paton 100% wool yarn. I worked part of it in a seed stitch because I wanted to try it.
This is a variation of a basic hat pattern I found on Ravelry. It's one strand of Red Heart Soft Yarn. I cast on 89 stitches, and worked 5K, 5P all the way around... it ended up shifting one stitch every round, and that's how it got the spiral look! I really like this one. I made up the pattern. Like I'm some sort of expert or something ;-)
I really like working in the round! These hats were my first attempt at that technique, using both circular needles and double-pointed needles. I definitely prefer it to having a seam down the back of a hat!
I'm almost ready to try a pair of socks. I have everything I need, and I understand the pattern. But I might crank out a couple more hats before I go for it, just to get more experience with the double-pointed needles. I have another hat that I am going to make. It uses 3 techniques I haven't tried before: provisional cast on, Kitchener grafting, and picking up stitches from the edge of a finished piece. Knittinghelp.com has videos for all of these, though, and I've watched them and I think I get it. Wish me luck!
PS- Just a little note: the "Quilt Dad" and "Adventures of Quilt Mom" blogs that I read are not a mom and dad that are related!! Thanks to the person who e-mailed me to ask!


  1. What a lovely selection of hats! I like the spiral one the best I think. I used to knit but could never manage fancy patterns. There are so many amazing yarns available these days. I'm delighted to see this craft is popular again.

    Happy Knitting...Ann :)

  2. love the spiral one hat. you are really branching out w/your knitting.